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5 Of The Best: Bodyguards In TV & Film

The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Lionsgate

One of the biggest TV shows of the last year has to be the BBC series Bodyguard, the Richard Madden drama that is now available on Netflix across the planet. The series, scripted and created by the great Jed Mercurio, has already had a second series commissioned, and although we may have to wait a little while until we see it, audience remain full of anticipation for what’s in store for Ps David Budd. The silver and small screen has always attracted stories revolving around the glamourous world of the close-protection officer, and here we count down 5 of the best bodyguards in both television and film.

Ps David Budd (Richard Madden), Bodyguard (2018)

We’ve already mentioned this title, and now in the wake of the latest series of Mercurio’s other televisual masterpiece Line Of Duty finally having its fifth season playing out on TV,
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Will ‘Escape at Dannemora’ thump ‘Sharp Objects’ yet again at the DGA Awards?

Will ‘Escape at Dannemora’ thump ‘Sharp Objects’ yet again at the DGA Awards?
Jean-Marc Vallee might get a twin win at Saturday’s Directors Guild of America Awards. With 82/25 odds in our predictions, the “Sharp Objects” director is the favorite to take home the TV movie/miniseries prize for the second year in a row, but he ought to watch out for Ben Stiller (“Escape at Dannemora”).

Vallee prevailed last year for “Big Little Lies,” and like with that series, he helmed every episode of “Sharp Objects” as well. He’d be the third person to win this category twice after Lamont Johnson and Jay Roach.

Mick Jackson holds the record with four victories, for “Indictment: The McMartin Trial” (1995), “Tuesdays with Morrie” (1999), “Live with Baghdad” (2002) and “Temple Grandin” (2010). Joseph Sargent has three DGA Awards, for “The Marcus-Nelson Murders” (1973), “Something the Lord Made” (2004) and, in a tie with George C. Wolfe for “Lackawanna Blues,” “Warm Springs” (2005).

See SAG Awards: See the complete list of winners

Unlike last year,
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Blu-ray Review – Threads (1984)

Threads, 1984.

Directed by Mick Jackson.

Starring Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, and David Brierly.


Sheffield, England in the 1980s. Several people try to survive post-nuclear devastation, suffering from the effects of nuclear war between Russia and the United States.

While the world isn’t exactly the same as it was back when this film was produced, the timely nature of this release of a remastered version of Threads should not be lost on a country that can look out the window and see grey skies, frozen fields and shivering people walking the streets. An over exaggeration in order to compare today to the days of the Cold War? Most certainly. But a sheet of ice on grey pavement would be a fitting metaphor for Threads, a movie that revels in its simplicity.

Various individuals from Sheffield (though they could be from anywhere in Great Britain) are shown, setting these people up for,
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October Horrors 2018 Day 28 – Threads (1984)

Threads, 1984.

Directed by Mick Jackson.

Starring Reece Dinsdale, David Brierley, Rita May, Nicolas Lane, and Jane Hazlegrove.


As the Cold War between the superpowers erupts into a full-scale war, the English city of Sheffield finds itself at the centre of a nuclear attack that forever changes the lives of its inhabitants for decades to come.

Well, we’ve reached the final week of this year’s voyage of cinematic horror. To start out our final week I’ve picked a film that’s very different from any film that I’ve reviewed before. It’s a film that features nothing remotely supernatural or science fiction influenced. It features no vampires, no zombies or anything to do with the undead. It doesn’t even a masked slasher killer hacking up teens.

The film I’ve chosen to kick off our final week deals with the most terrifying and real horror
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‘Cold Water’ Blu-ray Review (Criterion)

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Stars: Virginie Ledoyen, Cyprien Fouquet, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, László Szabó, Smaïl Mekki | Written and Directed by Olivier Assayas

This 1994 film from Olivier Assayas (known recently for Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper) ends ambiguously, with a blank piece of paper. It’s an image that aptly sums up this intriguing yet frustrating film as a whole: a work of countless questions and precious few answers, as esoteric as something from the 1970s period of its setting. It’s like a Michelangelo Antonioni art piece, except shot by John Cassavetes. If we’re meant to come away feeling as ill-informed as its teenage antiheroes then I guess Cold Water has succeeded as art.

The production design and the film stock produces a stunning evocation of the early ‘70s. We’re never told the time period explicitly – we just know. Early on, Assayas shoots with handheld immediacy, employing close-ups and deliberately awkward framing,
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Threads Opens the Eyes of Viewers to the Horrors of Nuclear War: A Film Review

Tagline: "The Closest You Ever Want to Come to Nuclear War is...Threads!" Director: Mick Jackson. Writer: Barry Hines. Cast: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierly, Rita May and Nicholas Lane. The original Threads debuted on BBC 2, in 1984. At that time, it was the most popular cable movie to date. In its debut, the film drew over 7 million viewers. The film, from BBC exec' and director Mick Jackson, covered a nuclear exchange between western nations and Russia. The results are truly terrifying. This re-release, through Severn Films, hosts a number of extras, including interviews with the crew. The story itself is a dire look at surviving a nuclear strike. It might be best to succumb to the initial blast. The visuals and the storytelling come across as authentic, thanks to several scientists and consultants. The tone, of the film, is light initially; but, it darkens after the strike. A difficult watch,
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Blu-ray Review: Threads (1984)

A whimper or a bang. Does it really matter if we snuff the match with our fingers, or a blast of air from our lungs? And when that bomb drops, is that really it for the human race, or will it “rebuild” as we’re so optimistically told in countless disaster flicks? The correct answers are: “bang” is very bad, and if your idea of “rebuild” is devastating nuclear winters and forlorn dirt crops, build away. This bleaker than bleak view comes courtesy of a legendary and sobering BBC Two TV drama from 1984 called Threads, and Severin Films’ stellar Blu-ray shows a new generation what would really happen in the event of a nuclear attack. Spoiler slert: nothing good. At all.

Directed by Mick Jackson (L.A. Story) from a teleplay by Barry Hines (Kes), Threads aired in September of 1984, pulling in 7 million viewers on its initial showing with a
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Hey kids! Learn about the great time we’ll be having if the world powers plunge us into a nuclear winter! This post-atomic horror show traumatized England in 1984, and thanks to the liberal media magnate Ted Turner, even saw some airings in the U.S.. The most extreme prime-time response to Ronald Reagan’s heating up of the Cold War standoff, it remains an honest look at a possible grim future, that rubs our noses in the full consequences of a nuclear exchange.



1984 / Color / 1:33 flat 16mm /

117 (112) min. / Street Date February 13, 2018 / 19.99

Starring: Karen Meagher, Reece Dinsdale, David Brierley, Rita May, Nicholas Lane, Jane Hazelgrove, Henry Moxon, June Broughton, Harry Beety, Ruth Holden, Patrick Allen (voice).

Cinematography: Andrew Dunn, Paul Morris

Film Editors: Donna Bickerstaff, Jim Latham

Visual Effects: Graham Brown, Peter Wragg

Written by Barry Hines

Produced and Directed by Mick Jackson

1965’s The War Game by Peter Watkins
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Blu-ray Review: Threads Still Destroys

In 1984, a television movie played by the BBC scarred an entire generation. Directed by Mick Jackson (who went on to direct Chattahoochee, The Bodyguard, and Volcano) and written by Barry Hinds, Threads is a docudrama that portrayed the probable after-effects of a nuclear war. This includes the de-evolution of civilization, such as the loss of language, and the horrifying effects of fallout and nuclear winter. Threads stars Reece Dinsdale (Coronation Street), David Brierly (Doctor Who) and Karen Meagher in her debut, as the hapless, working-class Sheffield, England residents who must deal with the nightmare that is nuclear war. Performances are so real that you forget you're watching fiction, which is surely the point in a film like this. A great deal of research with consulting scientists such as Carl Sagan...

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Severin Films to Bring Post-Nuke Cult Classic Threads to Blu in January '18!

Our friends at Severin Films have recently announced that they'll be releasing cult TV movie classic, Threads, on Blu-ray for the first time worldwide this upcoming January. I've never seen Threads myself, but the general reaction from the cult film crowd who have seen this one gets me very excited. The film is a projection of the potential impact of a nuclear bomb exploding over Northern England in the early '80s and it pulls no punches in terms of the bloody and disgusting impact it has not only in the immediate aftermath, but also the way it deforms society. Directed by Mick Jackson, who would go on to helm well-regarded films like Temple Grandin and last year's Holocaust denier drama, Denial, Threads was one of...

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Exclusive Interview: Rachel Weisz on My Cousin Rachel

Author: Jon Lyus

The 9th of June sees the UK cinema release of My Cousin Rachel, the latest film adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1951 novel. Rachel Weisz leads the film as the titular relative, a leading role that complements her sterling work in Mick Jackson’s Denial, Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster among others.

She and Sam Claflin are perhaps the biggest names in the film, which is directed by Roger Michell whose previous films include Notting Hill, Morning Glory and Hyde Park on Hudson. The film co-stars Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) and Holliday Grainger (Their Finest Hours), and our interviews with them will be up on th esite shortly.

Related: See our red carpet interviews from the World Premiere of My Cousin Rachel

Scott Davis was our man asking the questions, and talked to Weisz about taking on the mercurial namesake role.

Here’s the film official synopsis:

A dark romance,
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Win Denial book and DVD

Author: Competitions

Entertainment One (eOne) is pleased to announce that Denial comes to DVD on 5 June 2017 (available to pre-order now from Amazon) and is available to download early from 22 May 2017. To celebrate the release, we’re giving away a DVD copy & copy of the book, Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, to 1 winner. There is also a DVD copy available for 1 runner up.

Starring Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, alongside Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott and Tom Wilkinson, Denial is the gripping and inspirational true story of a relentless fight for justice.

When writer Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) speaks out against the lies of Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall) she is faced with a high-stakes battle to uncover one of the darkest deceptions in history. Passionate, fiery and independent she decides she must face him in court to fight the battle for the truth, even though the odds are solidly stacked against her.
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Baftas 2017: Full list of winners

La La Land wins top prize at the ceremony.

La La Land was the big winner at the 2017 Baftas, winning five prizes, including best film, best director (Damien Chazelle) and best actress (Emma Stone).

Casey Affleck won leading actor for Manchester by the Sea, with Dev Patel (Lion) and Viola Davis (Fences) winning supporting actor and actress.

I, Daniel Blake won outstanding British film.

The 2017 Baftas took place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and were once again hosted once again by Stephen Fry.

Read: Eight talking points ahead of the BaftasThe full list of winners

Winners in bold.

Best Filmarrival Dan Levine, Shawn Levy, David Linde, Aaron RyderI, Daniel Blake Rebecca O’BrienLA La Land Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz, Marc PlattMANCHESTER By The Sea Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. WalshMOONLIGHT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele RomanskiLEADING Actressamy Adams ArrivalEMILY Blunt The Girl on the TrainEMMA Stone La La LandMERYL Streep
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Baftas 2017: Full list of winners - as they happen

La La Land, Arrival, Nocturnal Animals and I, Daniel Blake among films competing for Bafta glory.

The 2017 Baftas take place on Feb 12 at the Royal Albert Hall and are hosted once again by Stephen Fry.

The show is broadcast on BBC One on a time delay, but Screen will be following the action as it happens from around 6:45Gmt and updating the winners as they are announced, below.

Read: Eight talking points ahead of the BaftasThe nominations

Winners in bold.

Leading Actorandrew Garfield Hacksaw RidgeCASEY Affleck Manchester by the SeaJAKE Gyllenhaal Nocturnal AnimalsRYAN Gosling La La LandVIGGO Mortensen Captain FantasticCINEMATOGRAPHYARRIVAL Bradford YoungHELL Or High Water Giles NuttgensLA La Land Linus SandgrenLION Greig FraserNOCTURNAL Animals Seamus McGarveyORIGINAL Screenplayhell Or High Water Taylor SheridanI, Daniel Blake Paul LavertyLA La Land Damien ChazelleMANCHESTER By The Sea Kenneth LonerganMOONLIGHT Barry JenkinsOutstanding British contribution to cinemaCURZON Cinemassupporting Actoraaron Taylor-johnson Nocturnal AnimalsDEV Patel LionHUGH Grant Florence Foster JenkinsJEFF Bridges Hell or High
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Denial movie review: a film for the resistance

MaryAnn’s quick take… A terrific legal procedural about defending factual truth and smacking dishonest sowers of doubt. An essential film for our era of “alternative facts.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Not all opinions are equal,” says historian Deborah Lipstadt in Denial. “The Earth is round, the ice caps are melting, and Elvis is not alive.” And six million Jews really were killed by the Nazi death machine in World War II, which is the pertinent point of this riveting docudrama. This is the true story of the 2000 libel trial in which Lipstadt, a professor at Atlanta’s Emory University who specializes in Holocaust history, was forced to defend herself against professional Holocaust denier David Irving, who didn’t like that she dared to cast him
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Denial review – overwhelmingly relevant assertion of truth

As flat-earthery returns to the world, this drama about a historian’s pursual through the UK justice system by a Holocaust denier is refreshing and very pertinent

In 1996, the historian Deborah Lipstadt was pursued in the UK courts by the notorious Holocaust denier David Irving, for calling him a falsifier of history in her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. This movie version of those events, written for the screen by David Hare and directed by Mick Jackson, stars Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt and Timothy Spall as Irving; it has been coolly received by some on the festival circuit, its drama dismissed as stagey and flat. I disagree. For me, it has clarity, urgency and overwhelming relevance. Because denial is fashionable again. Irving himself is gloating at the way “alt–right” fascists are threatening to make him and his poisonous flat-earthery acceptable once more. The
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Exclusive: Deborah Lipstadt on seeing her own story on screen in Denial

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Author: Stefan Pape

At the turn of the 21st century, Deborah Lipstadt was faced in the unfortunate, remarkable position of having to prove the Holocaust existed, having been sued by British historian, and Holocaust denier David Irving for Defamation. It’s a tale that has now been brought to the big screen by Mick Jackson.

Lipstadt discusses with us how emotional it is watching these events unfold in front of her, and recounts her visit to Auschwitz. She talks about how just a significant case this was, and why it was the right idea to not allow survivors to take to the stand as witnesses. She also tells us why she would never debate with a Holocaust denier, and whether she has ever wanted to meet Irving again since their encounter in court. Finally, she discusses Spall’s performance, and why compares the events of the film to modern society,
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Denial review

Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall headline Denial, a film released at a very timely moment...

People often talk about a marriage of director and material, and the moment when the right person gets their hands on the right story. That generally tends to refer to projects where there’s a slightly demonstrative or overtly stylistic element to the project in question. But I wonder if, for a quieter example, we should be holding up the unfussy diligence of Mick Jackson, in his bringing of Denial to the big screen.

Denial is a dramatisation of Holocaust denier David Irving’s libel action against American academic Deborah E. Lipstadt. Timothy Spall takes the former role, Rachel Weisz takes the latter. It’s also a deliberately quiet movie, a little contradictory given the outrage the real life events caused.

We meet the pair of them at the start in a slightly shaky opening,
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Exclusive: Mick Jackson on returning to cinema with Denial

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Author: Stefan Pape

Mick Jackson, the director behind films such as The Bodyguard and L.A. Story, is returning to the silver screen for the first time in 14 years, with courtroom drama Denial.

Telling the true story of Deborah Lipstadt – played here by Rachel Weisz, who is sued by British historian, and notorious Holocaust denier David Irving (Timothy Spall), Denial is a riveting, pertinent tale, and we asked Jackson what it was about this story that lured him back.

He discusses the relevance of the title, and how these days it’s become dangerously accepted for opinion to masquerade as fact, he also tells us about his first visit to Auschwitz, as well as the importance in not giving people like Irving a platform.


When university professor Deborah E. Lipstadt includes World War II historian David Irving in a book about Holocaust deniers, Irving accuses her of libel and sparks
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Mick Jackson interview: Denial, The Bodyguard, Donald Trump

Simon Brew Jan 27, 2017

Director Mick Jackson on Denial, Donald Trump, directing films, and how he followed The Bodyguard...

Mick Jackson has lived through several chapters of his directorial career. His background was television, in particular the stunning Threads, and his classy adaptation of Chris MullinsA Very British Coup. Then he went to Hollywood, directing the likes of L.A. Story, The Bodyguard and Volcano.

He’s been away from cinema for a while, courtesy of some intriguing television projects. But he returns to the big screen this weekend with Denial, a classy courtroom drama that brings the story of Holocaust denier David Irving’s infamous libel action to the cinema. We snagged a chat with him ahead of its release, with the promise of further conversation about his 90s output at a later date too.

Can you talk us through this particular film, and why you wanted to bring it to the big screen?
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